The go-ahead has been granted for more than 180 homes on the site of the Good Shepherd Convent in the Sunday's Well area.
Moneda Developments plan to redevelop the entire site incorporating many of the existing site buildings. Some would be partially demolished, while others are proposed to be refurbished and modern extensions added in place.
They originally sought permission for 234 units but this was revised down to 184.
However, the plans have met with strong local opposition. Traffic congestion, public safety, pollution, access for emergency services, height, privacy and an unmanageable population spurt are among a number of concerns for local residents.
This week, planners in City Hall have granted conditional permission for the development.
Tom Coleman, a spokesperson for the Good Shepherd Community Action Group, who have long campaigned against the development, said it will be the “death knell” for the community as it will double the population of an already congested area.
“We are shocked. There is scant regard for the concerns that residents have and our submission, which was very detailed. It's an insult,” he said.
“We will be calling a meeting of our group and I will be recommending that we appeal to An Bord Pleanála. It would be totally irresponsible to allow this to go ahead. We are not against development at all. In fact, there are 28 houses going in just down the road and that's fine, but the scale of this is unbelievable,” he added.
Local Councillor Mick Nugent (SF) said the planning approval is subject to some stipulations regarding the archaeological site which contains a Magdalene Burial Ground close to the former Mother and Baby Home.
“The 184 apartments are completely out of kilter with the area and I'm disappointed. There is a housing and homelessness crisis and we want private and social housing to be built but this development is not in the right location,” he added.
Councillor Kenneth Collins (SF) said traffic will come to a standstill if the development goes ahead.
“The area is already congested and is already a bottleneck and it is completely unsuitable in terms of population density and the scale of the development. The height of the buildings is also an issue,” he said.